Writer Lara Dunning lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest. During her eight years as a freelancer, she has produced content for articles and blog posts for travel, trade and lifestyle publications (online and print) visitor guides, and destination marketing organizations. She has provided copywriting and content for newsletters, social media posts, blogs, emails, and newsletters as well as editing, proofreading and fact-checking.
On her assignments she has found herself in the unique small towns surrounding Big Bend National Park, tasting her way through Tofino’s culinary scene, sipping her way around Washington and Oregon wine country, and discovering charming small towns in Ireland, Greece, British Columbia, and more. Along the way, she has experienced some very unique and luxurious accommodations such as The Jefferson, the Hotel Kenmare, and Pacific Sands Beach Resort.
Her work can be found in a range of publications, including Bellingham Alive, Experience Anacortes, Bainbridge Island Magazine, Family Vacation Critic, Meeting News Northwest, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, TraveLife Magazine, trivago magazine, WanderWithWonder.com, and Whidbey Camano Islands. She has worked on fact-checking projects for Moon.
She is the founder of Small Town Washington & Beyond where she shares her passion for small towns.
She has an MFA in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts with a dual degree in nonfiction and young adult writing, and a Bachelor of Science in anthropology.
Her essays have been published in Soundings Review, Silver Apples Magazine, Mountain Gazette, Niche Literary Magazine, Animal Literary Magazine, and her essay in The Lindenwood Review received a Pushcart nomination. Her young adult novel, Aleutian Pearl, won 2nd place in the Authors.me YA!2015 contest.